At what age would you put your child in a bunkbed? top bunk?
we are due our next baby in december and the boys room is a decent single but no room for twin beds , both the boys are big for their age and our eldest needs a full size single not a toddler/extendable style bed and we cant fit a toddlerbed and single in there, currently ds1 is on a camp/foldaway bed with a decent mattress caus its slim enough to fit with their drawers and the cotbed but we are gonna be using the cot for the baby so ds2 will need to move bed ,
my thinking is to get bunk beds and put ds1 on the top, we holidayed in NZ a few months back and for part of our time then we were staying in a cabin and ds1 was in the topbunk above the double bed DH and I were on, ds2 cant climb a ladder yet and ds1 can safely get up and down one no problems and has nver fallen out of bed. ds1 will be 3 1/2 in december
My big brother was in the top bunk from 4 as my parents had the same problem. I think it depends on the child. If you are confident that he is comfortable getting up and down then ot's up to you. My neice stays with me a lot and I plan to get bunk beds for her and my daughter and she is 3.
Just to give you a heads up he will fall off the top bunk (playing not sleeping) lost count of the about of times me and my brothers fell.
Also personally I wouldn't put a child under 5 in a top bunk. I have seen and heard horror stories of children under 5 who have got hurt or even died as a result yet the parents swore blind they thought their child was old enough for one.
I'd never put a young child in bunk beds every I think for me they would have to be at Least 8 maybe older depending on the child. So many serious accidents happen with bunk beds I'd Neva take the risk
Personally I would say 7, but as i dont have a child older than 20 months i dont really know, plus i dont have a problem with lack of room, but Im really safety concious, my MIL was talking about oru famaily holiaday next year, (all the family go away in a cottage for a week) and she said she really liked one that had 2 bunkbeds for the kids and i am really uncomfortable with that, even just leaving my son in a room with a bunk even if he isnt on the top (he is a climber). The oldest child is just 6, the next will be nearly 4, then my son will be 2, i think my special needs BIL might be there too, but he wont sleep on the top! eck!
Anyway, my point is, i wouldnt, but no idea what your solution would be. sorry.
I dont think I would do a bunk at under 5 either..and your DS2 may surprise you. I got DS1 a cabin bed a few weeks back and it has a ladder. DS1 has never been on stairs or steps as we live in a bungalow..yet he walked over to the ladder, climbed it and sat on the bed! We now have to take the ladder off the bed during the day so he cant go in there and get up, he can get up but kinda jumps back down lol
Could you swap room with the boys? Would that be a option to give more room?
We are currently in a similar situation..DS1 has his own room but its stupidly small and DS2 has mine and OH's room..me and OH drag our mattress into the living room every night and sleep in there as DS2 is not ready for a bed yet and his cot wont fit in DS1's room..and if we are in the room with DS2 he spends the night screaming until he can come in with us, yet he sleeps 7pm-8am if alone in the room..it sucks lol
Well I'm going to go against the grain here. Kaya's slept on the top bunk since she was about 2 and a half. We bought nice solid wood ones with flat steps to the ladder rather than rungs. She can get down the ladder while sleepy, but usually she lies in bed and shouts for me lol. Blythe turned 2 last week and has been confident getting up and down the ladder for the last 6 months or so. I think that if you think your child will be fine in one then go for it.
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